December 5, 2011James G
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0:00 – Introduction
0:11 – Astro controversy
8:36 – Astro and Stacy’s performances
12:45 – The rest of the performers: LeRoy Bell, Rachel Crow, Chris Rene, Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik, Lakoda Rayne, Drew and Marcus Canty
24:56 – Wrap-up
Episode Length: 26:46
Rock week brought the drama on The X-Factor. After the previous week’s excellent set of songs, many contestants found themselves stumbling as performance night contained a bunch of song arrangements that were not really rock, which we largely blame the judges for because they should know what constitutes rock music.. Despite the genre problems, the bigger issue at hand was that the actual numbers, rock or not, were just not that good. This let-down calls into question the wisdom of having these theme weeks, as it not only distracts the judges by having them argue over style categorization but it also results in performers tackling songs and arrangements that just do not suit their personality.
It’s impossible to talk about this week of The X-Factor without discussing what happened on elimination night. Astro and Stacy Francis were in the bottom two and Astro did not react well to the news. This included not wanting to perform his “sing for your life” song and having an argumentative and dismissive attitude during the judges’ vote. As expected, this resulted in a flurry of activity on twitter, facebook and blogs where the general reaction was hostile and negative. In this podcast we discuss in detail our thoughts about how Astro responded to the situation and America’s general reaction thereafter. You’ll have to listen to hear our thoughts, but as a quick summary, we think Astro should have handled his reaction better and do not condone his behavior, although we at least understand where it’s coming from. America’s rage towards him was way over the line. The abusive comments towards him and the assumptions about him and his family are uncalled for. On the humorous side of things, the irony of the angry and irrational rants from middle-aged adults about Astro’s immaturity amuses us.
Stacy Francis going home was the right decision. Her off-pitch caterwauling during “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” was too much to ignore and concluded a journey that was going slowly downhill after her initial audition. It appears her audition song was her ace in the hole and she used it way too early in the competition. Combine that with the questions about how authentic and honest she was being about her past and it was inevitable that the viewership would turn on her. Astro has a chance to rebound. Stacy does not.
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